in loving memory of
Anthony Joseph Ciccone
Celebration of Life
He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the
world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh
from the beginning to the end.
Anthony Joseph Ciccone was born in Elgin, Illinois on April 30,
1984, the eldest of three sons born to Vincent and Karen Ciccone. He unself-
ishly lived his life until his passing on October 22, 2016.
A.J. (as he was affectionately known) was a 2002 graduate of JFK
High School. His stately 6’7” stature gave him the distinction as the graduate
that stood above with his friends and classmates. His interest in eventually
serving his country in the military began in high school as a member of the
ROTC. He was on the rifle team and received recognition as “Best Squad
Commander.” He advanced to the rank of Sergeant Major. To no one’s
surprise, he joined the United States Navy shortly after graduation as his
father had done before him. He served aboard the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, a
nuclear carrier, recently docked at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton,
Washington. There he served as an Airman and worked aboard the flight
A.J. Loved listening to a range of music, from rock to soul and loved
good spicy food. His family and friends described him as thoughtful,
unselfish and loving. He was a kind person and never spoke a harsh word
about anyone. He loved to make others laugh with his keen sense of humor.
He was a mentor to his two younger brothers.
A.J. will live on through those his family has chosen to pass on his
sharp vision and sturdy gait as an organ donor. His spirit of the heart will
always be remembered by friends, family and loved ones. He leaves to
celebrate his cherished memory his parents, Vincent and Karen; brothers
Theodore and Gino; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Guisseppe Ciccone;
Mrs. Betty Benn and Mrs. Roberta Simmons; Aunts and Uncles; Felicia Rowe,
Corey McNulty; George Brewer, Devon Muhammad; Mike Miller; Brenda
Verde; step-grandmother Cher Ferguson and a host of other family and
A.J. leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and service to his
KOOB NI-NGISfamily, friends and country.
Prelude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Musical Selection
Comfort from the Scriptures . . . . .Pastor Al Bennett
Musical Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . Laura S. Pruitt
“Going up Yonder”
Eulogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor Al Bennett
Musical Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . Laure S. Pruitt
“His eye is on the sparrow”
Benediction . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pastor Al Bennett
NAMEMilitary Funeral Honor Detail
The family gratefully acknowledges the many acts of kindness and
expression of sympathy and love shown during this time of bereavement.
We sincerely say thank you to the following: The United States
Navy, The service members serving aboard the U.S.S. John C. Stennis,
CVN 74; The emergency room staff and ICU staff of Harrison Hospital,
Bremerton, Washington, Stella Thames; and Ms. Cora Shanley for loving